It’s hard to type and eat hot-dogs at the same time, so I’ll spare everyone my usual attempts at snappy banter and get right to the part where I’m telling you all about today’s announcements . . .
First off, Warner’s has officially announced a December 7th street date for Crusade: The Complete Series, the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off that starred Peter Woodward, The West Wing’s Gary Cole, Marjean Holden, Tracy Scoggins and Angel’s Daniel Dae Kim. Each of the episodes will be presented in 4:3 full frame along with English Dolby Digital tracks. Extras will include audio commentaries on selected episodes and a behind the scenes documentary. This four-disc set should set you back around $59.98.
But, the best news of the day award officially goes to Disney, for their announcement of a Platinum Edition of, the best movie ever about a deer and a bunny rabbit, the 1942 classic Bambi. The two-disc package will be available to own from March 1st, 2004. It’ll retail for around $29.99 and carry a digitally restored transfer, along with a brand new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix. A standard 5.1 track will also be included along with the Original Mono Theatrical Mix. Extras will include a Walt's Annotated Bambi feature which molds a vocal reading of the studio founder's own notes from the film's development, with footage and production drawings, additional scenes with music and dialogue added to the storyboards and an all-new Forrest Adventure game with multiple levels of challenge that evolve from 2-D to 3-D animation. Completing the package will be an all-new story based on the Golden Book® classic Thumper, a sneak peek at the new direct to video release of Bambi II: Great Prince of the Forest, a Making of Bambi: Original Circle of Life featurette, a Disneypedia with which you can learn about the real-life animals of Bambi, and a Disney Time Capsule that takes you back to the period of 1942.
Of course that leaves us with that pesky worst news of the day award to give Fox Home Entertainment, as they have officially announced a November 30th release date for the director's cut of Daredevil, a film that rightly would’ve killed the comics-to-film boom in a world un-touched by the brilliance of Sam Raimi. The film in question will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen along with English DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround tracks. The only extra material will be a new audio commentary by director Mark Steven Johnson and Avi Arad and a Making of the Director's Cut featurette. As for the director's cut itself, around twenty-minutes of additional footage has been added, (would it be wrong of me to suggest that they should’ve left it where ever the WB’s hiding any unaired episodes of Birds of Prey) bringing this dog’s total runtime to 124 minutes. This single-disc release shouldn’t set you back around $19.98 in total, but it definitely will if you let it.
Getting back to films that were worth a damn, Fox Home Entertainment has set a December 14th release date for the surprising cool summer hit I, Robot. No other details have been released but this Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood starer will be retailing for around $27.98.
And lastly, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment has announced a November 2d street day for its French comic-book adaptation Renegade, starring Crimson River’s Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis, Michael Madsen, Constantine’s Djimon Hounsou and Mystery Men’s Eddie Izzard. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The only extra material will be trailers for other Columbia releases. It’ll set the interested back around $24.96.